NI’IHAU – The Forbidden Island
KEYHOLE ARCH – LEHUA ROCK
Some of the Hawaiian Islands most pristine and dramatic diving available takes place off the Forbidden Island of Ni’ihau.
OSCAR THE MONK SEAL
Incredible wall dives, soaring lava formations, enormous caves, bountiful marine life and unlimited visibility, will dazzle even the most discriminating diver. You’re likely to see Hawaiian Spinner Dolphins, large schools of Milletseed and Pyramid butterfly fish, the rare Bandit angelfish, Spotted Eagle Rays, Manta rays, Octopus, Lobster, the endangered Hawaiian Monk Seal, Galapagos Sharks, White Tip and Grey Reef sharks all call Ni’ihau home.
The morning begins at 6:00 am in our Poipu shop on Kauai’s south shore. Ni’ihau and Lehua rock lie 17 miles southwest of Kauai and are accessible by way of the Kaulakahi channel. The crossing takes about 2 ½ hours and while the morning ride over is usually calm and clear, the ride home can be as famous as the diving.
The morning’s first dive, typically Vertical Awareness or Keyhole, is a deep one. This 280 ft wall and lava shelf’s are home to lobsters, octopus, pillow stars, reef fish and hunting monk seals. At a depth of 100-120 ft with unlimited visibility, the dive is short but spectacular.
LOTS OF LUNCH FOR EVERYONE
With sites like Drive through cave or drifting Lehua rock the third dive of the day is never a disappointment. Shallow and relaxed is the theme for this dive.
As we head back toward Kauai it’s time for hot showers, fresh towels and everyone to stretch out and get comfortable for the ride home. The afternoon channel is a bit bumpier then the peaceful lake encountered that morning and this part of the ride can get a little exciting. Once we tuck in beside Kauai it’s back to napping and watching the beautiful scenery as the sun sets into the sea.
PLENTY OF ROOM TO STRETCH OUT AND GET COMFORTABLE
Because the passage across Kaulakhi channel from Kauai to Ni’ihau and back can be rough at the best of times, Seasport divers Ni’ihau trips are scheduled Tuesdays and Fridays during the normally calmer time of year, which runs from late spring to early autumn.
We recommend that you book your Ni’ihau trip in advance.
Schedule and Prices
Ni’ihau trips are scheduled on Tuesdays and Fridays during the normally calmer time of year, which runs from late spring to early autumn. Check in time is 6:00am in our Poipu shop. This Dive is for experienced divers. We often drift one or two dives and the depths are greater then on the South Shore trips. The first dive is usually 100-120 feet, the second is in that 60-80 foot range and the third dive is 40-50 feet. It’s a long day filled with incredible sights above and below the water. We’re usually back to the shop around 6pm. A light breakfast, a large lunch, snacks, water and juice provided. We recommend that you book your Ni’ihau trip in advance.
3 TANK NI’IHAU BOAT DIVES
AM – Tuesdays and Fridays (early May to late September)
$345.00 Experienced Certified divers – 3 Tanks, Computer, Weights, Wetsuit, Mask and Fins.
$34.00 for BCD and Regulator if needed.
$200.00 for Snorkeler (All gear included), or Ride along passenger. (Please call to reserve this option)
$26.00 for 2 Tanks NITROX – NITROX Certified.*
$32.00 for 2 Tanks NITROX – INTRO to NITROX. Any certified diver 15 years or older.*
* First dive is usually on a 280ft wall and is done on Air for safety.